Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ but more answers needed

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech to parliament on Tuesday regarding the Turkish account of the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (File/AFP)
Updated 24 October 2018
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Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ but more answers needed

  • The Turkish president expressed desire to conduct a joint investigation with the Saudis
  • Erdogan said he does not doubt King Salman’s sincerity in the matter

JEDDAH: Jamal Khashoggi’s killers should go on trial in Turkey, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
The Saudi authorities’ declaration last week that Khashoggi had been murdered was “an important step,” Erdogan said, and the investigation would continue until the full facts were known.
“Personally, I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman,” he said. “It is very important for such a critical investigation to be carried out by objective, fair teams.”
Erdogan said the murder at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul appeared to have been planned, and he expected Saudi Arabia “to uncover all those responsible for this matter from top to bottom and make them face the necessary punishments before the law.”
He added: “We will of course investigate this murder within our borders and do everything necessary. The fact that Jamal Khashoggi was an internationally renowned journalist puts an international responsibility on us.”
Later, Erdogan called the Khashoggi family in Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences.


Egypt says security forces killed 14 militants in Sinai

Updated 36 min 21 sec ago
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Egypt says security forces killed 14 militants in Sinai

  • Egyptian forces said their offensive involved clashes with Islamic militants in desert areas outside the city of el-Arish

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces say they’ve killed 14 militants and seized a ton of explosives in an operation in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
They said on Sunday that their offensive involved clashes with Islamic militants in desert areas outside the city of el-Arish, adding that the extremists had intended to plant roadside bombs in areas between there and the cities of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweyid.
Other weapons caches including explosives were found in the more central Sinai Jabal Al-Halal mountain area.
The officials spoke anonymously as they weren’t authorized to brief reporters.
The army has been battling extremist insurgents led Daesh militants in north Sinai for years. The area is off limits for journalists, diplomats and other observers so information from there cannot be independently verified.